Press Release 30.06.2017
July 5th, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Homeless charity Depaul comments on the passing of Government deadline to move families out of emergency accommodation
Depaul extends its support to new Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy
Friday, 30th June 2017. Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul, a charity supporting those that are homeless or at risk of homelessness, commented on the passing of a self-imposed target set by the Government to have all families moved out of emergency hotel and B&B accommodation by 1st July 2017.
“With the passing of the deadline set for homeless families to have been moved from hotels and B&B’s to more suitable accommodation, Depaul wants to urge the Government and the new Minister for Housing toward a robust continuation in its efforts to address the issue of homelessness, both for families and the many others trapped in the cycle of homelessness”.
The work done over the past year in relation to family hubs, rapid build housing and developments in Housing Assistance Benefit has been positive however we must keep in mind that families in need of emergency accommodation are at alarming numbers, with most recent figures showing 2,708 children and 1,302 families as homeless.
While it is imperative that we continue to address the issue of homeless families in unsuitable emergency accommodation with dedication and urgency, we want to highlight that now more than ever the Government must remain committed to the strategies and structures in place to tackle the multifaceted problem of homelessness as a whole.
With reports that the new Minister will be making revisions to Rebuilding Ireland- Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness- a strategic plan published by the Department for Housing less than a year ago, we hope that any additions to the Plan will build on the lessons learned over the over the last number of months while retaining a holistic approach to the complex issue of homelessness.
A Depaul spokesperson is available for interview by request.
Notes to Editor
Depaul was established in 2002 and supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We manage 25 specialised services in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and provide accommodation and vital services to those most in need including: families, people with acute addictions, migrants, people with mental health issues and women leaving the criminal justice system. In 2016 alone, Depaul supported over 3,600 people. For further information, please visit: ie.depaulcharity.org